JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 25, 2016) – The three qualifiers for the ETSU Track and Field program head to Jacksonville, Fla. this weekend for the NCAA East Preliminaries.
Hosted by the University of North Florida at Hodges Stadium, freshman Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) and juniors Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Michael Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) will compete for a chance to head to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.
Atkins is the lone women's representative for ETSU, competing in the 100 meter hurdles. Atkins recorded a personal best time of 13.42 in the 100mH finals at the SoCon Championships en route to the SoCon title on Saturday. It was the second individual title of the weekend for Atkins as she also took home the long jump championship.
The Greer, S.C. native heads to the East Prelims with the 29th fastest time in the east region. Last week, Atkins earned SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year honors. Atkins begins her quest towards the NCAA Championships on Friday with the first round of the 100mH at 5:00 p.m.
Williams for the third straight year will head to the NCAA east prelims in the 400 meter hurdles. Williams was the SoCon champion in the 400mH for the second year in a row after recording a time of 51.81. The Mt.Laurel, N.J., native posted a collegiate best time of 51.27 in the 400mH which ranks 18th in the NCAA East region.
At the east prelims a year ago, Williams placed 30th overall in the 400mH with a time of 52.13. The first round of the 400mH begins on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
It will also be the third straight year Squibbs will head to the NCAA east prelims in the men's pole vault. Squibbs finished second in pole vault at the SoCon Championships with a mark of 16'9.25" (5.11 meters). The season best mark for Squibbs ranks 31st in the NCAA east region.
Last season at the east prelims, the Rock Hill, S.C., native finished the preliminary round in 13th place with a mark of 16' 10.75" (5.15 meters). Squibbs will be the first Buccaneer to compete as he gets started on Thursday with the first round of men's pole vault at 4:30 p.m.
The top 12 fastest times and marks of each event will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11. Atkins,Squibbs and Williams will look to become ETSU's first qualifier for the NCAA championships since Tyler Stepp in 2014.
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